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May 26, 2011: Up Close and Personal with ACM Award Winner Frans Kaashoek

Today's Topic: Up Close and Personal with ACM Award Winner Frans Kaashoek

Thursday, May 26, 2011

The 2010 ACM-Infosys Award Foundation winner, MIT's Frans Kaashoek, was interviewed for a National Science Foundation project called Science Lives that features the research of NSF funding recipients. Kaashoek, who has been a Principal Investigator for several NSF grants, expanded on the motivations and influences that led him to pursue software systems research. He also discussed the societal benefits of his contributions to the structuring, robustness, scalability, and security of software systems underlying distributed applications.

Kaashoek's contributions have had a deep impact on the direction of important research in software systems as well as broad implications for practical systems design. Two of his visionary research projects led to the founding of commercial ventures to improve the performance and security of the Internet, and to strengthen network security for large enterprise networks. One venture has enabled expanded content distribution like large, high-quality video files to travel over the Internet. The other has enhanced protection of large enterprise networks using network behavioral analysis techniques.

Kaashoek responded to the following questions:

  • What inspired you to choose this field of study?
  • What is the best piece of advice you ever received?
  • What was your first scientific experiment as a child?
  • What is your favorite thing about being a researcher?
  • What is the most important characteristic a researcher must demonstrate in order to be an effective researcher?
  • What are the societal benefits of your research?
  • Who has had the most influence on your thinking as a researcher?
  • What about your field or being a researcher do you think would surprise people the most?
  • If you could only rescue one thing from your burning office or lab, what would it be?
  • What music do you play most often in your lab or car?

View the taped interview of Frans Kaashoek in either of these formats:
mp4 or Windows Media Player

View the ACM news release announcing the 2010 ACM-Infosys Foundation Award

View Frans Kaashoek's ACM Digital Library Author Page